I've created a Google Doc with all the scans of the steps I took, so I don't have to SPAM everyone with all the WIP updates. The only problem is, you can't see the fine details very well, because they are pasted images, not attachments. GO HERE: [link]
To see a HIGH RES SCAN so you can see the scratch marks and details - go here: [link]
SIZE: 7 x 8 INCHES TIME: about 10-12 hours? PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, F, B, 2B, 3B
PLEASE NOTE: The ENLARGED view is slightly larger than the actual drawing. See the high res scan link above for CLOSE UP details Speaking of which...the details in his eyes drove me nuts! I prolly spent over 4 hours total on the eyes!
PS - note I drew the entire head? I ALWAYS crop the scalp at least a little. It is so you get the most face in the space allowed. However, Rosebud Mag insisted that I drew the whole thing, and that they are also going to do some type of "watercolor effect" to the drawing? I will post that when I see it.
The UN-enlarged view is actually larger than the drawing, like most of my drawings, ha!
FIRST...cool story about MJ! When my son was about 14, my parents sent him to a Michael Jordan Basketball camp at Elmhurst college, near us. Anyway, Michael ran the camp all week. I got to meet him many times, shake hands and even talk with him a minute! I hate to use this analogy, but it was like meeting God! Now this was back in 1998 and he was still playing with the Chicago Bulls. He is arguably the GREATEST BB player (maybe athlete?) to ever run the hardwood floors! Kobe who? If you ever witnessed this guy in action, you would swear it was supernatural! He has 6 (two - three-peat) championship rings! I was never a BB fan UNTIL the day MJ came out of retirement (the first time) and my son and I never missed a game, and saw them go on to win 3 more championships in a row.
This was kinda tough, because the darker the pencils used, the softer and waxier they are, and it doesn't blend that easy because they add more clay to the graphite.
I used B for most of the black background, followed by a layer of 2B & 3B. See the technique used in my TIP GUIDE here www.drpencil.wordpress.com
To view the REFERENCE photo, and step-by-step scans, go here [link]
FIRST: Listen for my son's song (@AndrewBelle) "The Ladder" on TV show "Vampire Diaries" this Thursday (9/16) 7pm Central time on the CW station!!
To view the Reference photo and the STEP SCANS go here: [link] I also made numerous comments and explainations there too
I purposely did NOT make the background PITCH black, b/c I wanted his black coat to show a little? So I used an HB and rubbed hard, sideways, then went over it with a blending stump, then a cotton round (used for make-up, etc)
Donít forget to see my ever growing DRAWING TIP GUIDE [link]
I swore I would never draw this guy! (HA) 1) Mainly because I have always viewed him as a teenage girlís idol? 2) He is also WAY over-drawn by people?!?
But, after all, it's the PHOTO that always inspires me to draw, NOT the person. When you find both, it's heaven! The reference photo has a great range of contrast, and fantastic tonal values! It was also high res, so I can see all the details. For me, I canít draw details I canít see.
The DRAWING is only 5 x 7 INCHES, so the face is even smaller. I enlarged the scans so you can see the details. One of the main reasons I draw so small, is because it saves time! How do you think I draw so many portraits?!? Read my Journal entry on SIZING your drawings here:
My fav Kevin Spacey movie is probably "Pay it Forward".
Yeah I know, the shirt sucks. It was out of focus in the photo and I did not feel like spending any more time on this one. The day I can give 100% all the way through a drawing is the day I will produce my best work
This 400 pixel wide view (enlarged) is the EXACT size of the original drawing.
I've been wanting to draw Vince for over a year, but never found a photo that made me say, wow! This was kind of a simple one for me, in that there is not a lot of details, so most of the time was spent drawing his eyes, and trying to match the tonal values, which I felt had a nice range.
It had some blurry areas, so the focal point is his eyes.
When I look for a reference photo, I look for the following: 1) High Resolution 2) Wide Range of Tonal Values 3) High Contrast 4) Expression 5) Subject 6) Level of Details 7) Degree of Difficulty
The original photo had a completely white background, so I thought there would be more contrast if I darkened it just above his shoulders? That way there was dark next to his white shirt, but I faded it as I went up, so that it left a nice contrast between his dark hair and a white background? I actually tested this background by drawing on the reference photo, which I always print on Matt Presentation paper, so it reacts well to graphite.
TIME: about 4 or 5 hours (half as much time as usual) SIZE: 5-3/4 x 6-3/4 inches PAPER: Strathmore Bristol Smooth 300 series PENCILS: Staedtler Mars Lumograph H, HB, B, 2B